Beards Are Now Racist [VIDEO]

Beards Are Now Racist [VIDEO]

Beards Are Now Racist [VIDEO]

In case you were wondering what the Left has on its racist list now, The Atlantic just let us know. It’s beards. Apparently beards have a “racially fraught history,” or something.

What’s curious is that The Atlantic first published this article in January of 2014 — over four years ago — so why are they trotting it out again? Hmm, perhaps all the liberal hipsters with their coffee and magnificent facial hair didn’t get the memo.

But never mind. They want us all to be woke:

“It begins with white Americans at the time of the Revolution who derided barbering as the work of “inferiors.” It continues with black entrepreneurs who turned it into a source of wealth and prestige. And it concludes with the advent of the beard—a fashion born out of desperation but transformed into a symbol of masculine authority and white supremacy.”

Oh, yes, masculine authority and white supremacy. Because black men were becoming wealthy as barbers, and white men just couldn’t deal.

“The most important explanation for whites’ anxiety about the shop, however, involved black barbers’ growing wealth. For many, the success of leading African-American barbers seemed to threaten the social order.”

Moreover, you white men really need to educate yourselves on the racist history of your facial hair. Feel the guilt, white man with a beard!

“The 19th-century beard may have sprouted from a fear of razors and a distaste for black barber shops. But it grew into a symbol that set white American men apart from smooth-faced foreigners as well as powerful women at home.

This may not be the story bewhiskered moderns would like to hear.”

So, was Frederick Douglass a proponent of white supremacy? After all, he had a righteous beard.

Frederick Douglass


You know who knows his beard history? Retired sportscaster Vin Scully, who noticed that MLB players have a penchant for facial hair. A couple of years ago, he discussed the history of the beard during a Padres-Dodgers game. And guess what — there’s no “white supremacy” involved.

Did you catch what Vin said at the start of the video? One reason why men began growing beards was because women loved them.

Why, yes, yes we do.

Now when I was very young, beards were not A Thing. You rarely saw them. My mother never liked them — she thought they were dirty. The only men I would see with beards were department store Santas, but those were probably fake, anyway. And when the Beatles showed up with facial hair on the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album, my reaction was ewww! They’re not cute anymore!

But gradually I got used to the idea of beards, especially since my father-in-law always had one. He was an artist who loved the history of the Old West and especially its mountain men, so the beard became his signature man style, along with his goofy humor and laid-back manner.

From Kim Hirsch, personal collection.

I guess he never knew that he was sporting a symbol of white supremacy, even though he was one of the most accepting people I’ve ever known.

Today that man’s son — my husband — has a beard — a goatee, to be precise. I talked him into growing one a couple of years ago. And now, because beards on white men are not woke, that’s just another good reason for him to keep it as far as I’m concerned.

A pox on The Atlantic’s hand-wringing. Bring on the beards!


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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!

  • harleycowboy says:

    “… black men were becoming wealthy as barbers…”
    HA HA HA That’s a good one. I never saw a barber living in a mansion.

    • David says:

      We used to tease our small town barber, the only men’s barber around, about him having to take extra long lunches for the two daily bank deposit he had to make.

      That joke never got old. It got passed down by three generation of some customers.

  • GWB says:

    The Racially Fraught History of the American Beard
    Well, I thought, even when it’s a bogus marriage, people just tend to ‘date’ people their own race. But I didn’t think anyone would be brave enough to call out the racism in the gay community. It’s…..
    Wait, maybe I better read the post.

    • GWB says:

      Oh, they mean facial hair. Well, that‘s different……

      It begins with white Americans at the time of the Revolution who derided barbering as the work of “inferiors.”
      Wait, what? Is there a reference in the article? You know, to some sort of data/evidence? Or is this just a bald assertion, followed up by speculation based on the assertion?

      The 19th-century beard may have sprouted from a fear of razors and a distaste for black barber shops.
      Yeah, it’s the “assertion” one. *smdh*

      One reason why men began growing beards was because women loved them.
      Well, it’s certainly why I’ve kept mine! Women like the feel of it when…. uh, never mind.

      a goatee, to be precise
      I started that way. Then I got tired of trying to trim it to an even length, and let it grow (still keeping the cheeks and jaws clear from the goatee area back to the ears). Now I’m looking to braid it, go a little metal with it.

      Yeah, “beards are racist” was so great the first time around they thought “Hey! Let’s do this again!” Riiiiight. *eyeroll*
      I think they’re running out of accusations to make.

  • Wfjag says:

    Lenin had a beard.
    Marx had a beard.
    Fidel Castro had a beard.
    Colin Kaepernick has a beard.

    I agree, beards are for racists.

  • Tami says:

    Yeah and it might not have anything to do with the difficulty of getting to a barber or actually paying one when you got there. This is even worse than I thought it was going to be.

  • Dietrich says:

    George Carlin has a beard routine:
    Lenin had a “beard”, Gabby Hayes (?) had “whiskers.”
    Also, it wasn’t SO long ago that the job title was “Barber Surgeon.”

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  • Johann Amadeus Metesky says:

    Men have worn beards for millenia, since there have been men, but now they represent the racist patriarchy. Okee dokee.

  • Dawn Martinez-Byrne says:

    So, according to this, there weren’t any white barbers.
    Immigrants weren’t always ‘smooth-faced’. Italians, Jews and Germans often had lovely thick beards.

  • Mitch H. says:

    Continuing the ongoing and innovative discovery that all the cultural signifiers which pious white professional-class women dislike are actually racist: the Beard!

    (BTW, John C. Calhoun was clean-shaven. Both John Brown and several of his financial backers were heavily bearded. Could it be reverse racism? Or was it simply a cultural moment, and the men of the middle and late 19th century turned to beards because… they weren’t their uncles and grandfathers?)

  • Zhytamyr says:

    Amish country is apparently the center of the “white power” movement…

  • Erik says:

    Think about it: in the American Revolution, in the Napoleonic wars, in the entire first part of the 19th century, beards seem to be rare in the Western world (Europe and North America) if not inexistent. In the second part of the 19th century, whiskers (whether beards or mustaches) are ubiquitous. In the 50 years between Lincoln and Woodrow Wilson, the only elected president not to have whiskers would be William McKinley (elected 1897, a third of a century after the Civil War).

    The propensity for beards in America, and in the West, actually predates Honest Abe and the Civil War (1861-1865), although by less than a decade. It started with the Brits, after their experiences in the Crimean War (1853-1856), next to their (dark-skinned) Ottoman allies. Seeing the splendid (and, incidentally, dark-skinned) Turks with their magnificent beards, the British, both in the military and in civilian life, started the “fashion” of letting their whiskers grow in the mid-1850s, and it spread across the Atlantic.

    That’s right: if you stretch it, you can call the British and American fashion for beards:
    pro-Arab and pro-Islamic, i.e, if anything, ANTI-racist!

  • Mike says:

    OMG, beards are cultural appropriation!

  • Wasn’t Frederick Douglass just another “Uncle Tom” and thus not really black? He seemed to get along with a lot of white people and supported free markets… This would explain his white supremacist dog whistling with the beard.

  • Sam L. says:

    Poor, poor, pitiful me. I cain’t grow a beard. Hairs on my face, yes; beard, nope.

  • Mark D Jaeger says:

    Who knew the Atlantic was so homophobic? White, white, white!

  • jesus Rosas-Moreno says:

    I guess like my name sake of over 2000 years ago, I have been a racist since I was 20 years old. (i could grow a mustache but not a good looking beard before then) so that makes my wife and previous girl friends racists lovers. Jesus

  • W. Layer says:

    If you’re white you’re racist for existing. Beards are racist? In the ’70’s beards were in with the Hippy and leftist sect, I guess they were racist too. Trainor suffers from cranial-anal inversion.

  • Oldav8r says:

    “It begins with white Americans at the time of the Revolution who derided barbering as the work of “inferiors.”

    Yep. Just look at all them flowing revolutionary beards

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